St. Basil's Cathedral is located on the Red Square in Moscow. Ordered to be built by Ivan the Terrible, the official name of this Russian Orthodox church is The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat.
St. Basil's is famous for its striking design, which is unlike any other design in Russian architecture; it is shaped like a flame of fire rising up into the sky.
The church today is a federal property of the Russian Federation, having been confiscated from the religious community during the anti-theist reign in the former Soviet Union.
The massive cathedral of St. Basil is a magnet for tourists and citizens alike, and among the most photographed sites in the world.
MOSCOW LANDMARK WHITHERS ST. BASIL'S CATHEDRAL SUFFERS FROM AGE, NEGLECT, LACK OF FUNDS FOR REPAIRS.(News/ National/ International)
Mar 22, 1998; Byline: Dave Carpenter Associated Press MOSCOW -- It's still one of the world's great wonders, a riot of architectural panache...